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What’s On My Mind: Sustaining and scaling Vanderbilt’s environmental stewardship

Apr. 26, 2019—Earlier this week, Vanderbilt announced a long-term strategy that will shape our course, affect our daily lives and improve our collective future. We have pledged to power our campus entirely through renewable energy, and to be carbon neutral, by 2050. Better yet, we are committed to generating more renewable energy than we consume. Through the collaborative...

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Vanderbilt outlines major plans to reduce environmental footprint

Apr. 22, 2019—University will power its campus entirely through renewable energy and commits to carbon neutrality by 2050 Vanderbilt University today unveiled a comprehensive long-term strategy to significantly reduce its environmental footprint in part by powering its campus entirely through renewable energy, putting the university on track to be carbon neutral by 2050. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt)...

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gases emissions drop 12 percent per square foot, new sustainability report shows

Nov. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt University’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 12 percent per gross square foot in the 2017-18 fiscal year. The findings are among those showcased in the annual sustainability report released today by the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office in the Division of Administration. Vanderbilt leaders are aligning sustainability efforts with the guiding principles of  FutureVU ,...

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Vanderbilt University receives $4.5M grant, will match to help fund MoveVU mobility plan

Nov. 7, 2018—  Read the myVU story here. MoveVU, Vanderbilt University’s developing mobility strategy for faculty, staff and students, has received a major boost from a $4.5 million, three-year federal grant, which the university will match. The $9 million total will fund shuttle operations, shuttle shelters, bike share shelters and other efforts to encourage greater use of...

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Nashville Commuter Challenge is this week

Oct. 23, 2018—Vanderbilt faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this week’s Commuter Challenge by registering and trying at least one new commuting option Oct. 22-28. The challenge, hosted by Nashville Connector, includes all Middle Tennessee employers and employees, including all of downtown Nashville. Employees can participate in a variety of ways, including carpooling, biking, walking or...

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University’s bike-share pilot wins TN Sustainable Transportation Award

Sep. 19, 2018—  Read the myVU story here. Vanderbilt University’s pilot of the bike-sharing service ofo has won a Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. TDEC presented the award to university representatives on Sept. 18. “We are honored to be recognized by the state for our efforts in sustainability,” said Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor...

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Wellcast: FutureVU and a Healthier You!

May. 18, 2018—Eric Kopstain, Vice Chancellor for Administration at Vanderbilt University, discusses FutureVU, the visionary land use planning initiative at Vanderbilt. He explains the goals of FutureVU and describes the many ways it is enhancing the health and wellness of faculty, staff, and students. Listen here.

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Dockless bike-sharing pilot continues through summer; preferred pricing available for VU, VUMC

Apr. 26, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt’s six-month pilot of a dockless bike-share program enters a new phase on Friday, April 27, marking the end of the first month of the launch designed to bolster the university’s mobility and transportation strategy. The university partnered with ofo to bring 120 bikes to campus on March 27, with rides free for...

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Redesigned sustainability report expands focus to include holistic environmental efforts

Mar. 15, 2018—Vanderbilt displays a new emissions baseline in a redesigned version of its annual sustainability report that outlines the university’s environmental impact in 2016. The university’s GHG emissions come from three evenly split sources. Natural gas for the on-campus power plant and individual buildings represents 31 percent; 33 percent is power purchased from Nashville Electric Service;...

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Vanderbilt experts showcase research at second transit forum

Feb. 28, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. Approximately 110 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the second transit forum presented by Vanderbilt this semester. The forum, held Feb. 23 at the Student Life Center, featured a panel of Vanderbilt professors sharing research that brought further context to Nashville’s proposed transit plan. The event, titled “The Nashville Transit...

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